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Country needs a budget

Posted: Monday, October 07, 2002

Worries about new terrorist attacks. A possible war with Iraq. The stock market falling. And, oh yeah, the U.S. government's fiscal year starts today, and guess how many of the bills that keep federal agencies running have been passed?

None.

President Bush, in a not-unheard-of move, signed legislation Monday that allows the federal government to keep working despite the fact that 13 budget bills aren't complete, much less in any stage of being passed. ...

We say it's ridiculous that, once again, we are in a new fiscal year without a new budget.

What would happen if the rest of us ran our comparably infinitesimal household finances with the same kind of procrastination and irresponsibility?

We hope Democrats and Republicans learned what happened last time a budget impasse led to government shutdowns.

Our lawmakers need to do their jobs, not worry about how they are going to keep them.

-- The Natchez (Miss.) Democrat

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